What Did I Do in Tanzania? By Artist Alison Nicholls.

What did I do in Tanzania?  photo by African People & Wildlife Fund/Deirdre Leowinata

What did I do in Tanzania? photo by African People & Wildlife Fund/Deirdre Leowinata

Any guesses?
Yes, stencils were involved (hence the use of the question mark in this photo).

I just returned home from 10 more inspirational days with the African People & Wildlife Fund (APW), part of which was spent helping students from Loibor Siret Primary School stencil 2 of their classroom walls with letters, numbers and local animals. Here are a few photos showing the progress.

Painting in Tanzania  - photo by African People  Wildlife Fund/Deirdre Leowinata

Mixing the Undercoat Paint – photo by African People Wildlife Fund/Deirdre Leowinata

Painting in Tanzania - photo by African People  Wildlife Fund/Deirdre Leowinata

Taping the Edge of the Windows – photo by African People Wildlife Fund/Deirdre Leowinata

Painting in Tanzania - photo by African People  Wildlife Fund/Deirdre Leowinata

Painting the Undercoat – photo by African People Wildlife Fund/Deirdre Leowinata

Drawing Class -  photo by African People  Wildlife Fund/Deirdre Leowinata

A Drawing Class in one of the Stenciled Classrooms – photo by African People Wildlife Fund/Deirdre Leowinata

Drawing Class -  photo by African People  Wildlife Fund/Deirdre Leowinata

Me Pulling a Face. But Look How Good the Wall Behind Me Is! – Photo by African People Wildlife Fund/Deirdre Leowinata

It was wonderful to be back, to see familiar faces at APW, among the children, the teachers and in the village. We also painted one of the end walls of the school (visible to everyone who passes through Loibor Siret), held a Village Exhibit and I was thrilled to be asked to be the Guest of Honor at the closing of school. More photos, sketches & video about all of these events will be coming in the next few posts.

I arrived home exhausted after flying via Kilimanjaro, Dar es Salaam, Amsterdam, Boston & JFK (my bag deserted me between Boston & JFK but caught up with me the following day). And in the shower I finally managed to remove the last of the blue paint from under my fingernails. I was almost sorry to see it go. Almost!

Learn more about the valuable work of the African People & Wildlife Fund on the Maasai Steppe in Tanzania.

Until next time…
Alison

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